HRC survey: Nearly half of LGBTQ workers are not out at job

By : Kathy Ruiz
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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has been conducting surveys about the queer experience at the workplace since 2008. This year, when they conducted the survey, they found that nearly half of LGBTQ employees are not out at work.

The survey, titled “A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide,” seeks to uncover the prevalence of LGBTQ workers feeling pressure to hide their sexual orientation and/or gender identity on the job and the cost of that hiding both to individuals and employer. It also focuses on researching the benefits to employers and workers when workplace climates are more welcoming of LGBTQ people.

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Margaret Cho says people don’t ‘get’ bisexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Margaret Cho got candid about the stigma behind bisexuality in an interview with the Huffington Post.

The comedian reveals that at first she thought she identified as a lesbian before understanding she was also attracted to men.

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Transgender student named king of Kansas school dance

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DERBY, Kan. (AP) – A 17-year-old transgender student who advocated for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights at a suburban Wichita high school was named king of a winter ball after receiving the most votes from his fellow students.

Derby High School Tyler Krayer said he at first thought it was a joke when he found out he was nominated for the Holly Ball King, The Wichita Eagle reported.

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New York Boy Scouts hire gay counselor despite national policy

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NEW YORK (AP) – The Boy Scouts’ New York chapter said April 2 that it has hired the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national scouting organization’s ban on openly gay adult members.

The Boy Scouts’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, said there was no change in that national policy, which has been highly divisive. As for any further response to the New York announcement, Smith said, “We are looking into this matter.”

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Cleveland Gay Games brings most revenue in event’s history

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Organizers say last summer’s Gay Games in northeast Ohio raised the most revenue in the event’s history.

Gay Games 9 Executive Director Thomas Nobbe says the August event held in Cleveland and Akron raised $6.8 million in revenue, netting a small profit of nearly $150,000.

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Allstate’s new ad says LGBTs are safe in their hands

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It seems Allstate is following suit like many other companies (i.e. like Honey Maid) with releasing an LGBT-inclusive ad campaign. The commercial titled “Safe In My Hands” was released as part of Allstate’s 2014 #OutHoldingHands Pride Month initiative.

The ad uses a unique analogy between being gay and the main guy character having an oversized hand which makes him stand out and disliked by other because he is different. The ad uses the song by Eli Lieb — “Safe In My Hands,” like the name of the commercial — as the soundtrack of the man’s struggle to hide being different.

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Tampa Bay leaders: Equality means business in Tampa Bay

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster were just two of the many notables on hand during the first-ever “Equality Means Business” luncheon held at Tech Data headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The luncheon hosted more than 100 attendees, who were on hand to learn about how equality measures – like non-discrimination policies – help improve the business communities of inclusive regions and the community as a whole.

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